This post was originally released during the Rich series in February 2014.
People matter to God and people should matter to us!
It’s easy to do something good for someone who is easy to love. It’s easy to serve someone who will serve you back. It’s easy to speak an encouraging word to someone who will speak life giving words back to you. It’s easy to give to someone who will give to you. But to serve someone who has no ability to serve you back, to speak kind words to someone who is hateful, or to give to someone who seems undeserving is not so easy. In fact, it can be extremely difficult. If you follow Jesus, one of your primary goals should be to love people like Jesus loved us. We had nothing to give to God but he gave His son as a sacrifice for us. Who do you need to show today that they matter to you and they matter to God? Read these words from the book of Romans and remember how much you matter to God.
“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” – Romans 5:1-11